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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Senator Scavello to Host “Get Outdoors PA” Event
  • Pennsylvanians to Vote on School Property Tax Exemption
  • September Legislative Report: LifePath
  • Free Community Seminar on Addiction October 3
  • Fire & EMS Grant Application Window Open
  • New PA Career Guide Includes Employment, Wage, Job Outlook Data
  • Around the 40th District

Senator Scavello to Host “Get Outdoors PA” Event

I am hosting my second annual Get Outdoors PA Festival on Saturday, September 30 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Brodhead Creek Park (North Fifth Street, Stroudsburg) in partnership with Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission. This family-friendly event will be held rain or shine for all ages.

The Get Outdoors PA Festival is a free event and will highlight the many outdoor experiences available throughout the region. Exhibitors will provide hands-on activities and experiences including the opportunity to meet Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl. Children and parents can also practice their archery and fishing skills, take a guided nature walk, participate in a live animal presentation, learn about stream wildlife and much more.

I am very excited to host this event in partnership with the Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission and highlight numerous local and regional organizations focused on protecting our precious natural resources and providing exciting outdoor experiences through many fun activities.

The schedule of events will include a Live Animal Presentation at 1:30 p.m., a nature walk at 2 p.m. and a Stream Study led by Monroe County Conservation District at 3:00 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, PA Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission will be present to answer any questions that attendees may have.

For more information about the Get Outdoors PA Festival please visit www.marioscavello.com or call 610-863-1200.


Pennsylvanians to Vote on School Property Tax Exemption

With the recent passage of House Bill 1285, Pennsylvanians will have the opportunity this fall to vote on a measure to eliminate residential school property taxes through the homestead exemption.

This November, voters will consider a constitutional amendment to expand the Commonwealth’s existing homestead exemption program to cover 100% of the assessed value of an owner-occupied residence.

The exact language of the ballot question will read as follows:

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property within a local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is the existing law?

Voting “yes” on this provision is the first step toward residential school property tax elimination on owner-occupied properties. While this does not remove school property taxes from commercial properties or second homes, it is the first step to rescue seniors and families struggling to stay in their homes.

I encourage all of my constituents to support this change to our state constitution. Should the measure pass, we will be able to follow up with legislation to provide the revenue necessary to eliminate school property taxes on primary homes.

I remain a steadfast supporter of Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, and this is not a measure designed to stop full school property tax elimination. Expanding the existing homestead exemption program to provide residential school property tax elimination is the first “bite at the apple” in tackling the larger property tax beast.

Please vote “yes” this November to finally give homeowners freedom from the oppressive school property tax.

Stay tuned for further information from my office as the November Election draws closer. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 570-620-4326 or mscavello@pasen.gov.


September Legislative Report: LifePath

September 2017 - LifePath

In this month’s episode of Legislative Report, I talk with representatives from LifePath, an organization that provides homes and services to individuals with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and southeastern Pennsylvania. Paul Coleman, CEO and Executive Director for LifePath, along with Annette Kaiser, Communications & Development Director, shared their insights and vision for our area communities and helping those they serve live “everyday lives.”

To find out more about the services LifePath offers, please visit Lifepath.org.


Free Community Seminar on Addiction, October 3

A free community seminar on Addiction and Empowering & Restoring the Family will be held on October 3, 2017 at Innovation Church in Cresco (6048 Paradise Valley Road). The featured speaker for this program is Joel Jakubowski of Teen Challenge. I encourage all to attend this important event and hear Joel's powerful story and learn what you can do to reach those impacted by addiction.


Fire & EMS Grant Application Window Open

Applications are being accepted for the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program through Friday, Oct. 20.

Administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services and rescue companies. Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.


New PA Career Guide Includes Employment, Wage, Job Outlook Data

The updated Pennsylvania Career Guide is now available online from the Department of Labor and Industry.

The guide includes employment, wage, and job outlook data for more than 250 occupations. Students can use a month-by-month checklist for their senior year as well as material related to their post-graduation plans such as finding a job, entering the military, or continuing on to postsecondary education. A new feature is an article on budgeting and a sample budget worksheet.


Around the 40th District

This week I joined in supporting the "Fill Up the Truck" campaign to support relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Pocono ProFoods is supplying the truck and driver, as well as coordinating with the American Red Cross Pocono Mountains Chapter to collect the items individuals are in need of most. The goal is to fill the truck!

To join in the effort, visit gofundme.com/fill-up-the-truck-hurricane-relief and contribute to help those in need. Thank you to Pocono ProFoods and Mountain Creek Grill for joining together in this effort.

Congratulations to Adam Prugh of Troop 74 for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Adam completed an extensive landscaping project for Faith Family Fellowship Church in Nazareth and relocated stone walkways around the church. It was a pleasure recognizing your great accomplishment and hearing your leaders testify to the ways in which you have lived out the Scout Oath and Law.

A special thank you to the ESU College Republicans for sponsoring a moving 9/11 remembrance ceremony on ESU's campus. Matt Deegan and several classmates placed 2,996 flags around Stroudhenge commemorating every life that was lost 16 years ago. Thank you all for helping us "never forget" the families and victims of 9/11. And thank you to the first responders and military present to share in the service.

A warm congratulations to the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of their annual Jazz Festival. This festival has become a storied tradition with world-renowned talent and outstanding music each year. May the festival continue for many, many more years to come and inspire new generations of jazz performers and those who appreciate the arts.


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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123

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DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
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Pen Argyl, PA 18072
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